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Pines | [Blake Crouch]

Pines

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…
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Publisher's Summary

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

©2012 Blake Crouch (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Morgan B. Gainor matthews, nc USA 09-15-12
    Morgan B. Gainor matthews, nc USA 09-15-12 Member Since 2005

    noveluse

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    "A terrifying, frustrating situation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pines to be better than the print version?

    Wouldn't know


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Kept getting kicked back


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael Garcia – was your favorite?

    Burke


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What lengths to hide a town?


    Any additional comments?

    Wow! This novel really had me going. I was so angry at one point I put the novel down (overnight). I was completely taken in and I usually work everything out.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 09-04-12
    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Twilight Zone meets X-Files-Page Turner!"

    In the same tradition of a Twilight Zone meets X-Files story, secret service agent Ethan Burke goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, his mission is to locate and recover two federal agents who went missing.

    He wakes up next to a stream, in a black suit and white shirt speckled with blood stains. No wallet. No money. No ID. No keys. No phone. That's all I'll say, don't want to spoil the story.

    On every page, I kept trying to guess what would happen next, to no avail, and then the ending completely blew my mind!

    Blake's vivid descriptions, constant action, thrills, mystery and intrigue, reminded me of my favorite books by Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

    Intense and gripping, Pines is a masterpiece that had me thinking about the story, long after turning the last page.

    I read this book on Kindle and enjoyed it so much I wanted to get the Audio version to pass the time while on the road. LOVED the narration of Paul Michael Garcia, it was perfect and made the book even more enjoyable. Brilliant!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Joey MAROA, ILLINOIS, United States 08-20-14
    Joey MAROA, ILLINOIS, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Pines: Good/Bad/Niether"

    First Off I read this book because I read several excellent reviews; I'm here to say that those reviews were misleading. The story is confusing and it was not a page turner. It started out interesting/riveting but it fell very quickly. I already forgot the name of the leading man in the story, that's how good it is. So; let me just say save some money and time and tell you to go find something better to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Thomas San Francisco Bay Area, CA USA 08-18-14
    L. Thomas San Francisco Bay Area, CA USA 08-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Not what I wanted... Misled by book description"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is in to SciFi. Book should be recategorized not as a Mystery/Thriller, but clearly into Science Fiction.


    Has Pines turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Won't go near anything by this author


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pines?

    I don't know if I would cut the book, but I would have written a different synopsis to indicate this is not your typical cop/law enforcement thriller.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible and the publishers are doing this book a disservice by not making it clearer that this is not a mystery thriller, but is a SciFi thriller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George Clinton, MD, United States 08-17-14
    George Clinton, MD, United States 08-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Really enjoyed it!!"
    What did you love best about Pines?

    The suspense was very enjoyable. The story line was not predictable. It was a good read.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael Garcia – was your favorite?

    The main character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The family coming together.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roger 08-16-14
    Roger 08-16-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Wish I'd seen"
    Would you try another book from Blake Crouch and/or Paul Michael Garcia?

    more reviews before I bought this book. Narration was fine, but the story so ridiculous that I suffered through it and didn't have the sense to stop listening.


    Has Pines turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Didn't realize the genre


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angie holladay, Utah 08-13-14
    Angie holladay, Utah 08-13-14 Member Since 2011

    I am an eBay seller who listens to approx. a book a day while taking & editing photos of my items. I love a good suspenseful mystery!

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    "Don't Hesitate! This book is REALLY Good!"
    Would you listen to Pines again? Why?

    Not one to listen to books more than once but yes, this one would be worth a second listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written, great mystery, great suspense, perfect amount of 'confusion' without being confusing. I normally stay away from anything considered sci-fi but this book is REALLY good!


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narrator, articulate, easy to decipher between characters, easy to listen to without being one bit annoying.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Bangkok, Thailand 08-09-14
    Paul Bangkok, Thailand 08-09-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Incredulous and Padded"

    This was a strange work that rapidly disintegrated into a disorganized, implausible story,. It is padded with lengthy "chase" scenes that, like the story itself, go on and on with no apparent destination or purpose in mind. The characters were shallow caricatures of persons, while the plot was simplistic and sloppy. The work cried out for wholesale editing.

    I tried my best to go with this book, but could not wait to cross the finish line, as it just became more annoying as time passed.

    I wonder if "Crouch" is a pseudonym? If so, the actual author is fortunate not to have "Pines" tethered to his literary neck as an albatross, going forward.

    Mr. Garcia did a good job reading this work. He handled different characters of different sexes and ages with aplomb. In fact, his reading carried me over several cringe-inducing passages of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 08-08-14
    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 08-08-14 Member Since 2012

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    "pass"

    i had high hopes but this story went from mysterious to ridiculous - buy on sale, but don't waste a full credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 08-06-14
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    "Not bad - Not great"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe to read, but not to listen to. Probably not - on both.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No. Nothing really happened for quite awhile. Just confusion and frustration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I hate the way he does voices. All the women are dopey and have a lisp as if he's doing an impersonation of a very camp gay. Maybe all the women in this book really are that way. But it's irritating. Same with the old people.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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